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Drake Biography,Career,Songs,Awards and Nominations

About Drake

Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor.Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.Drake was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario to Dennis Graham, who is an African American and a practicing Catholic from Memphis, Tennessee, and worked as a drummer, performing alongside country musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles.Drake’s mother, Sandi Graham, is a white Jewish Canadian who worked as an English teacher and florist. Drake attended a Jewish day school, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Drake’s parents divorced when he was five years old. After the divorce, he and his mother remained in Toronto, while his father chose to return to Memphis in order to find a way to supplement himself financially.As a child, he witnessed his father’s arrest while visiting him in Memphis.His father later collaborated with Canadian music group Arkells for a song entitled “Drake’s Dad”, detailing the events that had occurred following his departure from Drake’s early life.

Drake was raised in two separate Toronto neighbourhoods; he lived on Weston Road in the city’s working-class west end, until the sixth grade. In his youth, he played minor hockey with the Weston Red Wings.Later Drake moved to one of the city’s affluent neighbourhoods, Forest Hill, in 2000. When asked about the move to Forest Hill, Drake replied, “We had a half of a house we could live in. The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half. I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was not big, it was not luxurious. It was what we could afford.”

He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts, first acting while an active student at the school and later he attended Vaughan Road Academy in the city’s multicultural Oakwood–Vaughan neighbourhood. Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as “not by any means the easiest school to go to. It’s tough.”Drake was often bullied in school for his racial and religious background, and upon realizing that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his burgeoning acting career, Drake dropped out of school. He later graduated in October 2012.

Drake’s Career

Drake encountered an acting agent who was the father of a high school friend at 15 and he found Drake a role on Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake portrayed Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. When asked about his early acting career, Drake replied, “My mother was very sick. We were very poor, like broke. The only money I had coming in was off of Canadian TV”.He would continue to appear on the show until 2007, returning for sporadic appearances until his character graduated from school. Overall, Drake appeared in a total of 145 episodes.

After being musically inspired by Jay Z and Clipse, Drake self-released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement, in 2006. The mixtape featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and included vast production from Canadian producers Boi-1da, and Frank Dukes. When asked about the mixtape, Drake described the project as “pretty straightforward, radio friendly, and not much content to it.” The mixtape was released for sale only, and confirmed to have sold over 6,000 copies.He released his second mixtape, Comeback Season in 2007. Released from his recently founded October’s Very Own label, it spawned the single “Replacement Girl”, featuring Trey Songz. The song made Drake become the first ever unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video featured on BET, with “Replacement Girl” being featured on the channel’s “New Joint of the Day” segment on April 30, 2007. The song also saw Drake sample “Man of the Year” by Brisco, Flo Rida and Lil Wayne, retaining Lil Wayne’s verse, and adjoined his own to the song’s earlier half. This caused Jas Prince to gift Lil Wayne the song, which prompted the rapper to invite Drake to Houston in order to join his Tha Carter III tour. Throughout the duration of the tour, Drake and Lil Wayne recorded multiple songs together, including “Ransom”, “I Want This Forever”, and a remix to “Brand New”. Despite the collaborations between the duo, Drake was yet to be signed by Young Money Entertainment.

Drake released his third mixtape, So Far Gone in 2009 and it was made available for free download through his OVO blog website, and was featured Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Omarion, Lloyd, and Bun B. It received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release, finding mainstream commercial success due to the singles “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful”, both gaining Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This prompted the release of an EP, featuring only four songs from the original mixtape, as well as the addition of “I’m Goin’ In” and “Fear”. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and won the Rap Recording of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards.

Due to the success of the mixtape, Drake was the subject of a bidding war from various labels, often reported as “one of the biggest bidding wars ever”. Despite this, it was confirmed that on June 29, 2009, Drake had secured a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment. This was confirmed following the planned lawsuit from Drake and Young Money against an unauthorized album entitled The Girls Love Drake, which was released on iTunes under dubious means.

Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). he later made two releases which include 2011’s Take Care and 2013’s Nothing Was the Same, with certifications of quadruple and triple platinum respectively in the United States; the former also earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. They were followed by two mixtapes – the trap-influenced If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and a collaboration with Future for What a Time to Be Alive – in 2015, with both earning platinum certification in the U.S.

In 2016, Drake released his fourth album, Views, breaking several chart records in the process. The dancehall-influenced album sat atop the Billboard 200 for ten nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over ten years. Its single “One Dance” topped the charts in several countries, including the U.S., the UK and Canada, where it became his first number-one single as the lead artist. This saw Drake leading the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 simultaneously for eight weeks, coming close to a record held by Whitney Houston. It achieved quadruple platinum status in the U.S., and earned over 1,000,000 album-equivalent units in the first week of its release. The single “Hotline Bling” secured him his second and third Grammy win, for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song, at the organization’s 59th ceremony. He released the multi-genre More Life in 2017 which he describes as a playlist.It was his seventh consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and set multiple streaming records.

Drake on Business Career

OVO Sound

During the composition of his mixtape “Nothing Was the Same”, Drake started his own record label in late 2012 with producer, Noah “40” Shebib. Drake sought for an avenue to release his own music, as well helping in the nurturing of other artists, while 40 yearned to start a label to form a distinct production sound, prompting the two to team up to form OVO Sound. The name is an abbreviation derived from the “October’s Very Own” moniker Drake used to publish his earlier projects. The label is currently distributed by Warner Bros. Records.

Drake, 40 and PartyNextDoor were the label’s inaugural artists. The label houses artists including Drake, PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, OB O’Brien, Roy Woods, dvsn, Plaza, and Kash Doll, as well as producers including 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince. OVO Sound has released six albums, with two certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Drake on Apple Music

Following the launch of Apple Music, a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc., the company announced Drake as the figurehead for the platform at their Worldwide Developers Conference in 2015, with the artist also penning an exclusivity deal with the service worth a reported $19 million. This saw all solo future releases by Drake becoming available first on Apple Music, before seeing roll out to other streaming services and music retailers. Drake had also developed the OVO Sound Radio station on Beats 1, which is utilized as the primary avenue for debuting singles and projects, with the station overseeing over 300 million unique users when it debuted More Life. Drake’s partnership with Apple Music has largely been credited for the platform’s sharp success, as it attained 10 million subscribers after six months, as well as giving birth to exclusivity from artists, with many independent and signed artists, such as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, also brokering exclusivity deals with streaming services.

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Drake Awards and Nominations

Drake has had four songs being certified triple platinum in the U.S. for combined sales plus streaming units as of July 2016, with “Best I Ever Had”, “Jumpman”, “Over”,and “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. He has also had three exceed 4 million in equivalent units, with “Take Care” and “Headlines”, while “Hotline Bling” was certified quintuple platinum with over 5 million units. Drake’s first four solo studio albums, all of which have gone platinum, have received numerous awards and generally positive reviews. Views, his fourth solo album, became his fourth consecutive number one album in the U.S.

Todate , Drake has won a total of 3 Grammy Awards from 27 nominations. He has also won 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and has been ranked by Complex at number one on their “Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979” list, awarding Drake the accolade in 2011, 2012, and 2015. Billboard editor Ernest Baker stated “Drake managed to rule hip-hop in 2014”, adding “the best rapper in 2014 didn’t need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance”. Drake was listed fourth on the Billboard year-end chart for Top Artists of 2015, third on the same chart in 2016 and was named the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016. In 2017, he surpassed Adele’s record for most wins at the Billboard Music Awards in one night, winning 13 awards from 22 nominations.

Pitchfork ranked Nothing Was the Same as the 41st best album of the decade “so far”—between 2010 and 2014, and have ranked him in the fifth position in the publication’s list of the “Top 10 Music Artists” since 2010.

Drake Songs

  1. 0 to 100/ The Catch Up
  2. 10 Bands
  3. 305 to My City
  4. 5AM In Toronto
  5. 6 God
  6. 6 Man
  7. 6PM in New York
  8. 9
  9. All Me
  10. Back to Back
  11. Best I Ever Had
  12. Blem
  13. Buried Alive Interlude
  14. Cameras/Good Ones Go
  15. Can I
  16. Cece’s Interlude
  17. Charged Up
  18. Child’s Play
  19. Club Paradise
  20. Connect
  21. Controlla
  22. Crew Love
  23. Days in the East
  24. Do Not Disturb
  25. Doing It Wrong
  26. Draft Day
  27. Dreams Money Can Buy
  28. Energy
  29. Faithful
  30. Fake Love
  31. Fancy
  32. Fear
  33. Feel No Ways
  34. Find Your Love
  35. Fire & Desire
  36. Fireworks
  37. Forever
  38. Free Smoke
  39. Free Spirit
  40. From Time
  41. Furthest Thing
  42. Get It Together
  43. Girls Love Beyoncé
  44. Grammys
  45. Gyalchester
  46. Headlines
  47. Heat of the Moment
  48. Hold On We’re Going Home
  49. Hotline Bling
  50. Houstatlantavegas
  51. How About Now
  52. HYFR
  53. Hype
  54. I Get Lonely Too
  55. Karaoke
  56. Keep the Family Close
  57. KMT
  58. Know Yourself
  59. Light Up
  60. Look What You’ve Done
  61. Lord Knows
  62. Madonna
  63. Make Me Proud
  64. Marvin’s Room
  65. Miss Me
  66. No Long Talk
  67. November 18th
  68. One Dance
  69. Over
  70. Over My Dead Body
  71. Passionfruit
  72. Pop Style
  73. Portland
  74. Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2
  75. Practice
  76. Redemption
  77. Right Hand
  78. Sacrifices
  79. Shot For Me
  80. Show Me a Good Time
  81. Shut It Down
  82. Signs
  83. Sneakin
  84. Star67
  85. Started from the Bottom
  86. Still Here
  87. Successful
  88. Summer Sixteen
  89. Summers Over Interlude
  90. Take Care
  91. Teenage Fever
  92. Thank Me Now
  93. The Language
  94. The Motto
  95. The Real Her
  96. The Ride
  97. Too Good
  98. Too Much
  99. Trophies
  100. Tuscan Leather
  101. Two Birds, One Stone
  102. U with Me?
  103. Under Ground Kings
  104. Unforgettable
  105. Uptown

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